j24jags wrote:Black Swan-8/10
It is difficult to give this movie a rating in my opinion. From an artistic perspective it is near perfect. Aronofsky uses mirrors, music, angles, lighting, and just about every other tool a director can use to set the tone for this movie. The directing makes you feel uneasy throughout. Even when they are dancing you are on the edge of your seat feeling the suspense. It's pretty rare that a movie keeps you this uneasy the whole time. I'd give the visuals/effects a 10/10, as well as Portman, Winona Ryder, the choreographer, and Portman's mother. Kunis was good (I'm a huge FSM fan), but not outstanding. It's the first time I've really seen her in a serious role. From a storyline perspective, I wish we saw a little bit more of the choreographer and Portman's mother, but the main story is Portman's character development. I also agree that she is probably the favorite to win best actress (well-deserved). Overall, the movie does not really distinguish between what is real and what is metaphorical. If you focus on the emotions and character development of Portman, this may not bother you, but some casual movie-goeers will be a little irritated that Aronofsky does not come out and say exactly what is real and what is not. Definitely worth seeing. I have not seen any other Aronofsky films although he is the reason that I saw this movie (based on recommendations by friends of Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Pi).
Excellent review and pretty much sums up how I felt about the movie. I feel uneasy just typing this sentence.